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POLL: Could Iraq's Leaders Learn From Rhode Island?

Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

The U.S. military officially announced the end to the War in Iraq on Thursday.

In a report by The New York Times, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said "remarkable progress" had been made in the country, but that "severe challenges" remain and that the "U.S. will be there to stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges."

With the country in flux, leaders in place will have a lot to grapple with, including relations with neighboring countries, building a strong domestic military and protecting civilians.

As the U.S. remains a close ally in the transition, we're curious: is there a notable Rhode Islander you think the Iraqis could learn a few lessons from?

Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Joe Sousa. December 15, 2011 at 10:09 PM
The Iraqi gov. is corrupt enough with out more bad influences. Report: $6B missing in Iraq may have been stolen - World Watch
5th Warder December 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Roger Williams. Religious tolerance is an absolute must, and keep church and state out of each others business.
Bear401 December 16, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Well over many decades this corrupt state of RI diverted what amounts to billions of dollars out of the pension system to give high paid cronies who were & are not part of that system thousands of dollars of pension money to each one of those cronies every month and second pensions to "double dippers" who did earn that second pension but were allowed to transfer years that they were already collecting a pension on inorder to pad their state time to get that second full pension. That's how someone can have, on paper only, over 60 years invested in the pension system. So I guess the Iraqi government can learn how to be both overtly & covertly corrupt
Bear401 December 16, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I would like to make a correction....Those "double dippers" Did Not Earn that second pension but were allowed to transfer years that they were already collecting a pension on to get it.....have to do a better job of proof reading
Mrs. B December 16, 2011 at 02:27 PM
What can a corrupt government learn from a corrupt Rhode Island politician, hmm, let's see, nope I think Iraq's got that covered.
paul durand December 16, 2011 at 06:30 PM
i have a comment but first i need to read more
Joe Sousa. December 16, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Bear401 You know your history . Please run for office . RI needs educated Legislators.
nptresident December 17, 2011 at 01:09 AM
This is the stupidest question/poll yet. To even compare the US (nevermind, RI) to IRAQ??? Who came up with this meatball?
Jack Baillargeron December 17, 2011 at 04:25 PM
They could learn from chaffe on what not to do!!! To run anything, if it is wrong he will do it.
Mark Wyman December 18, 2011 at 04:05 PM
They call it a pagan practice and and agenst the laws of god.
Joe Sousa. December 18, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Nothing to learn here. RI. is slipping deeper into recession Rhode Island Job loss is among the worst in the country Rhode Island has seen continued increases in unemployment since 2008 Rhode Island has an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent, the highest since 1976, The country as a whole has lost 5.7 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007, the biggest job loss since the Great Depression. Our Legislature is like Job repellent. Killing thousands of jobs year after year.
John Tattrie December 18, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Nothing here of value to share with any other Nation, except the continual bad performance of how our State is run. Poor example of Democracy is all that can be shared here.
Joe Sousa. December 18, 2011 at 09:29 PM
They must be looking at the illegal work force . Chaffe voters. If Bloomberg had looked at 2007-2010 instead of 2008-2010, it would have seen Rhode Island’s total employment fell 7.7% (instead of 6.3%) and its unemployment rate rose 134.7% (instead of 50.6%)
nptresident December 19, 2011 at 01:01 AM
The only connection between Rhode Island and Iraq is that we are in the financial mess partly because a warmongering president sent us to Iraq for no reason whatsoever and spent billion of dollars to rebuilt a a country that WE destroyed.
DownTown December 19, 2011 at 01:34 AM
That study isn't really determining which state has the best business climate rather it shows that when you have the worst business climate it's easier to show improvement. Also including median wages speaks to nothing other than the local cost of living which is much higher in the northeast than in most of areas of the country with the exception of the West Coast. Inclusion of this data just skews the results in favor of areas with a higher cost of living. It does not take into account whether those are living wages for the areas in question just that more is more. New Hampshire has consistently had among the lowest unemployment rates and they have among the lowest tax burdens yet they are well behind Rhode Island? That's all anyone needs to know about this study.
Joe Sousa. December 19, 2011 at 10:02 AM
2007-2010 Rhode Island’s total employment fell 7.7% and its unemployment rate rose 134.7% A fine example how not to run a State
Jack Baillargeron December 19, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Here what can be taught to Iraq. "how to make a failure of a state. " Monday, December 19, 2011 http://www2.turnto10.com/business/2011/jun/30/ri-named-worst-city-do-business-ar-577508/ Top 5 States for Business to go to. Virginia is back on top, knocking out Texas and capturing first-place honors for the third time in five years. Rounding out the top five are Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado. Worst 5 States for Business in the Country The bottom five include West Virginia, Mississippi, Hawaii, Alaska and Rhode Island. Massachusetts was ranked sixth and Connecticut was No. 39. Can't get more recent than that there "Larry Welsh" Can't get out of unemployment if there are no jobs of substance. Just saying
nptresident December 19, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Oh please, does hyperbole know no bounds?

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